STOCKPILE OF COVID-19 SUPPLIES SHOULD BE PRIVATIZED, CMA SAYS
The Canadian Medical Association says a $300-million emergency stockpile of pandemic supplies should be privatized or run on a commercial basis by a Crown corporation. Doctors are blaming the mismanagement of the stockpile that resulted in waste and shortages on the Public Health Agency, according to a report by Blacklock’s Reporter. “The preference would be a Crown corporation,” said Dr. Scott Laing of Ottawa, author of the commentary Canada’s National Emergency Stockpile System: Time For A New Long-Term Strategy. “Not for profit is included here as an alternative and less desirable option should a Crown corporation not be feasible.” Agency managers have admitted throwing millions of masks, gloves, and other supplies into landfills before the pandemic.